adjective, fre·er, fre·est.
verb (used with object), freed, free·ing.
- to release, as from restrictions: Congress voted to free up funds for the new highway system.
- to disentangle: It took an hour to free up the traffic jam.
- unrestrained; casual; informal.
- excessively or inappropriately casual; presumptuous.
- to use as one's own; help oneself to: If you make free with their liquor, you won't be invited again.
- to treat with too much familiarity; take liberties with.
Origin of free
Definition for free (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for free
In other words, the free thinker defending freedom of thought.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.
The simple, awful truth is that free speech has never been particularly popular in America.
In other words, the free speech exhibited by the folks at Charlie Hebdo was not virtuous—until there was a body count.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Asserting our right to free speech is the only to ensure that 12 people did not die in vain.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The truth is, that we need both the discipline of harness and the abundant nourishment of the free pasture.The Intellectual Life|=Philip Gilbert Hamerton
It was free to exclude from the meeting on arbitrary and even on frivolous grounds.A History of American Christianity|Leonard Woolsey Bacon
Their destiny is in your hand and mine—a free Nation without a slave—the hope, refuge and inspiration of the world.The Southerner|Thomas Dixon
The house of lords meanwhile was not free from animosity and contention.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
My only fear is that the coral may grow over and cover it up before I am free to get out there.Stories of the Ships|Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for free (1 of 2)
adjective freer or freest
- having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confined
- (as noun)land of the free
- not subject to payment of rent or performance of services; freehold
- not subject to any burden or charge, such as a mortgage or lien; unencumbered
verb frees, freeing or freed (tr)
Derived Formsfreer, nounfreely, adverbfreeness, noun
Word Origin for free
British Dictionary definitions for free (2 of 2)
adj combining form
Idioms and Phrases with free
In addition to the idioms beginning with free
- free agent
- free and clear
- free and easy
- free as a bird
- free enterprise
- free fall
- free hand
- free lunch
- free rein
- breathe easy (freely)
- feel free
- footloose and fancy-free
- for free
- get off (scot-free)
- home free
- make free with
- of one's own accord (free will)